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The Museo dell’Opera dell Duomo, sitting in the Piazza del Miracoli was conceived to keep those artefacts and pieces of art that had belonged to the cathedral or cemetery and were not exhibited anymore in them. The museum displays bronze griffins from Syria brought by crusaders, original sculptures by Giovanni and Nicola Pisano among which are the Madonna and Child and Madonna del Colloquio by Giovanni Pisano and Islamic pieces of art looted in war.


The Museo Nazionale di San Matteo (Piazza San Matteo, Lungarno Mediceo 1; tel. 050 541865), which is housed in the Monastery of Saint Mathew, displays history and art-related pieces. Exhibitions amazed are composed of ceramics brought from different churches, Renaissance sculptures and Pisan paintings ranging from the 12th to 15th century, works by Giovanni and Andrea Pissano, Simone Martini and Giovanni and Nicola Pissano ‘s sculpture Madonna del Latte. It makes one of the largest museums of Tuscan Renaissance pieces.

 

The Museo delle Sinopie preserves the underpaintings of murals and pieces of them from the Camposanto. The murals and pieces of them were taken from the walls of the cemetery when the war concluded to save them from any further damage. Later on it was found out that the sketches in reddish, greenish or brownish earth colours of art-pieces had remained. These underpaintings were taken to be housed in this museum which is unluckily overlooked by many visitors to Pisa.

 

The Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale has a collection composed of the belongings of the families that resided in it. Statues and armours are among its pieces.

 

The Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti per il Calcolo showcases scientific instruments among which it is also possible to see a pneumatic machine of Van Musschenbroek and a compass reputedly Galileo Galilei’s.

 

Museo di Storia Naturale e del Territorio dell'Università di Pisa is housed in the Certosa di Calci, outside Pisa. The cetacean skeletons collection is reckoned the biggest one on the continent.

 



 
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